Lymphedema is a common and debilitating problem in patients suffering from Breast Cancer. It affects 7-15% patients who undergo axillary lymph node clearance as a part of their cancer management.
Although it is usually mentioned as one of the side effects in the consent form, but very few patients are actually counseled regarding this dreaded problem. In our unit, we make sure that the patient is explained about this problem before they undergo surgery and we re-inforce these points after surgery as well.
To help out patients suffering from lymphedema, we organized a workshop, which was conducted by Ms. Mamta Goenka, who is an expert in lymphedema management. Her talks and demos were extremely beneficial for the patients and they ended up learning new exercises and facts about this problem. Ms. Goenka is soon going to post a video of her workshop on YouTube.